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Fabiana Rios


Maria Fabiana Rios is an Argentine politician of the party ARI . She is the governor of the province of Tierra del Fuego since December 17, 2007. Pagina/12, 18 December 2007. El tiempo de una revolucion en paz. She is currently the only woman governor in Argentina.

Rios was elected governor on June 24, 2007. She is the first woman to be elected governor of an Argentine province and the first woman governor of Tierra del Fuego Province. Prior to that she was a National Deputy.

Rios graduated as a pharmacist from the National University of Rosario. She moved to Tierra del Fuego, a scarcely populated province on the southern end of Argentina, at the age of 23, and married Gustavo Longui, with whom she had two daughters. She occupied several important posts in the healthcare administration of the city of Rio Grande.

Early political career

Rios entered politics under the mentorship of the Socialist legislator Alfredo Bravo, and started working within the Alliance for Work, Justice and Education (the short-lived coalition that brought Fernando de la Rua to the presidency in 1999). She was elected a provincial Deputy in the legislature of Tierra del Fuego in 1999, where she served until 2003.

Upon the breakup of the Alliance after the 2001 crisis, Rios aligned with Elisa Carrio and worked on the construction of the local ARI. She ran for governor in 2003, but came in the third place. Pagina/12, 27 June 2007. "La gente quiere ser oida". Later that year, she was elected National Deputy for Tierra del Fuego, defeating the Justicialist Party and obtaining the first electoral victory for the nascent ARI at the provincial level.

Governor elect

Rios ran for governor again at the 2007 election, and came close second at the first round, behind the Justicialist-Kirchnerist governor and candidate for re-election Hugo Coccaro. In the subsequent runoff election she beat Coccaro with about 52% of the vote. She took office on December 17, 2007.

The triumph of Rios was especially marked by the media as she was the first woman to be elected governor in the history of Argentina . The Tierra del Fuego election also received increased exposure in the Buenos Aires-based media because it was held on the same day as the mayoral elections that made Mauricio Macri the Chief of Government of the Argentine capital. Both elections resulted in the defeat of candidates explicitly backed by the national government.

Pagina/12, 25 June 2007. Fabiana Rios, la primera mujer elegida para gobernar una provincia.

Gay marriage in Tierra del Fuego

On 29 December 2009, the first gay couple to marry in Latin America were married in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. Although Argentina's Civil Code does not allow marriage between people of the same sex, Governor Rios issued a special decree allowing the couple to wed there.

See also

Politics of Argentina

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